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  • Wondering
    June 12, 2013 - 15:59

    From Wakeham"s and Power's Comments, I pity those raised in such a tradition of ritual. And yet it was part of Jesus's mission to lighten the burden of rituals placed on the ordinary Jew of his day, and thought by most to be necessary. And yet the churches, since Christ, then burdened the people with new rituals. But don't blame Jesus. Would either of you do what he did to lighten the ritual load?

  • Ed Power
    June 09, 2013 - 19:08

    Your Stations of the Cross anecodote reminds me of my own Cathoilc youth, and the moral dilemma my brother and I faced when we cleaned out our parents house after dad died. What to do with the all the pictures, statues, prayer books, devotional material, the huge framed bleeding Sacred Heart of Jesus print and our childhood favourite, the "Electric Jesus" - a 3D image of Jesus, complete with an electric light whose eyes followed you as you passed through the living room (and which terrified my own daughter as a child) - and the four-foot high statue of the Virgin Mary that used to summer in the grotto dad built for it outside in the garden, and winter in my bedroom closet. Some of the stuff, like mom's 1940s vintage mother-of-pearl prayer book and her Rosary beads I kept, the Virgin Mary statue now resides with the Sisters of Mercy and the rest of it, let's say, went to a place that would likely cause me some grief if the Biblical myth of Judgement Day ever came to pass.

  • Colin Burke
    June 08, 2013 - 18:04

    Someone said flippancy is the lowest form of humour: It takes intelligence to make a real joke but almost anyone can laugh as if he really has seen one made. In this world, what was depicted so as to scare a relatively innocent child could happen to any of us at almost any time including those who think they have no reason whatever to share the sufferings of Christ or to choose therefore to endure them. G.K. Chesterton said that even fairy tales do not so much suggest monsters to a child -- the child will suggest theseto himself quick enough -- but will rather comfort him with the suggestion that monsters can be defeated. Even the suggestion that religion is meant only to comfort people so that they will not try to improve their lot in this world tends to confirm that some religions, when we believe in them, even if they are false, actually do comfort us in misfortune we cannot avoid, and that if they are not false or if no one can prove them false, they probably ought to do so.